UPDATE (New Draft Posted December 6, 2006) The Community Patent Review pilot aims to evaluate whether an online public consultation process can effectively be employed to improve the quality of issued patents. To answer this question, we intend to conduct qualitative and quantitative research to answer three questions:
- What is the level of expertise of public reviewers participating via an open network and how does this online participation process shape that expertise?
- What is the impact of public participation on examiner decision-making?
- What is the impact on the resulting quality of the issued patent?
The attached draft outlines the information needed to gather answers to these questions, some of which can be automated by means of the P2Patent software system while other metrics will need to be assessed by means of surveys. In addition, we have defined a number of research experiments with control groups to test our assumptions. Feedback is welcome.